November 15

Matthew 25:24-30

“For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” vs. 29

Jesus’ parables can be read either from the perspective of law or gospel. In this instance our inclination is to immediately go to the law and see his story as a warning not to bury our talents. Sometimes readers will even be upset by the action of the master in his brutal punishment of the unworthy slave. They wonder how God could ever do that to anyone, particularly someone whose only fault was a mistrust of banking systems. But when this story is read as gospel we get an entirely different message. Jesus is encouraging followers to put their gifts and abilities at the disposal of the whole, and to expect an abundant return on their investment. And he’s right! When we use our resources to benefit others and not ourselves, we will receive blessings beyond our expectations, grace upon grace. Not only will others be helped, but there will be a trickle down of benefits into our own lives. We will know joy and gladness because others are prospering. And what about those who sit on their gifts and do nothing for others? Well, there’s no literal outer darkness for them, but their inner lives remain devoid of joy, and they will never know the gladness of sharing. It’s not a warning, that’s just how it is under the reign of God!

Thought for the Day: How has giving enhanced my life?

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